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    Big Medium: Unity of Opposites

    This show, curated by Coka Treviño, features artists Blasto and Ernesto Walker exploring nature and how humans decide to interact with it. "Inspired by alchemy, technology, and numbers, Blasto focuses on earth, the visible and tangible; Walker on the invisible, immaterial and divine."
    Through May 18
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    Dimension Gallery: Unusual Kinships

    The artist Magdalena Jarkowiec knows about unusual kinships, all right. The kinship of fabric to structure, for instance, as evidenced in her oddly humanoid soft sculptures – the enormous one that's long been towering over Dimension Gallery's Paved Garden, for one; and the other figurative creations, somewhat smaller, that have enhanced live performances in this town. And now Jarkowiec's got her first solo show of such sculptures in Austin, featuring a bright array of human/object hybrid forms, dollhouselike installations, hanging portraits of lovers and friends … and all of it rich with her characteristic humor and invention. Recommended.
    Through May 18
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    Dance

    Giselle

    "She’s young, naïve, and distraught after learning her lover is pledged to another. As this fragile beauty dies of a broken heart, will she spare her soulmate a fate worse than death?" And what if a group of relentless and unhappy phantoms decide to seek revenge on the deceiving prick? Ballet Austin, accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, concludes its current season with this 19th-century classic, sure to haunt the majestic Long Center stage and give audiences a good case of the Wilis.
    May 10-12. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15 and up.  
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Misread Signs

    This exhibition of new work and performances by Yuliya Lanina explores the effects of trauma on the human psyche, the exhibition beginning with her signature paintings of collaged, malformed characters that later come to life in a three-channel, immersive animation. You know how some artists can burn pretty brightly? Lanina is gonna be, as usual, on fire. Recommended.
    Reception: Fri., April 26, 7-10pm
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    Visual Arts

    Guzu Gallery: Realms Apart

    Hark ye, good citizen! Hark, we say, as Guzu Gallery presents the first fantasy-themed art show ever held in their intimate and graphically festooned venue! Behold with eyes of wonder as bold heroes and fell creatures from Westeros to Cimmeria – perhaps, even, from Bas-Lag, Maradaine, or the Vorrh? – travel to this innocuous little sector of the multiverse to take their rightful place on the noble walls of the gallery that's right there in the heart of Austin fandom!
    Through May 19
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    ICOSA Gallery: Ultima Thule

    New works by Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Kate Csillagi, who have joined forces for the first time to provide a journey into secret transitional spaces using drawing, sculpture, photography, and other collaborative ventures.
    Through May 11
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    Nightlife & Parties

    L&B Ladies Night

    Slip into something more danceable, cuz Lesbutante & the Boss are back for their gal pal party with DJ Eye Q.
    Second Fridays, 9pm. Free.  
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    Theatre

    Shakespeare in the Park: Merchant of Venice

    The Austin Shakespeare company, directed by Ann Ciccolella, brings all the romance, comedy, and dramatic clashes of this Shakespeare masterpiece to life on the hillside stage at Zilker Park. This iteration of the show is set in the Belle Époque of 1890s Italyso there will be plenty of gorgeous costumes – and, big bonus, the role of Shylock is performed by Marc Pouhé.
    May 9-26. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Free.
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